Reissue of the iconic "ALVA CONICAL" wheels that marked skate culture in the 70s & 80s. Made from high performance urethane, these old school wheels are made for cruising.
|Old School / (Mini) Cruiser, Cruise
- Location for the bearings:
|Pink, Alva logo in green
|Made in the USA
Tony Alva, born in 1957 in Santa Monica, California is considered to be one of the very first skateboarders and it seems that he was even at the origin of the creation of the very first skateboards.
Like many Californians Tony Alva practiced surfing. When the waves weren't there, instead of being bored, Alva had the idea of fixing trucks and roller skate wheels under a wooden board in order to find the sensations of surfing in the streets.
In 1972, he joined the collective of skateboarders "Zephyr Boys", all surfers, with Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta. The "Z-Boys" had the idea of practicing skateboarding in the empty swimming pools (pools / bowls) of the region and Tony Alva was the first to execute tricks that paved the way for many tricks that are today still part of the discipline.
Tony Alva with the "Z-Boys"
In 1975, he took part in the first skateboarding competition and became the first official skateboarding world champion.
With his radical style, his technique and his charisma, Alva is quickly sponsored by various skateboard brands. At the age of 19 he founded his own brand, Alva Skates, and was notably the first to use Canadian maple plywood to make his boards.
Alva Skates is also the first skateboard brand to be owned and run by a skateboarder.
Alva Team, 1988
In 1977, he also collaborated with the Vans shoe brand and created with its founder Paul Van Doren the now iconic "Era" model. The first skate shoe created by a skater.
Alva appeared in Stacy Peralta 's skate culture documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and in the 2005 film "Lords of Dogtown" also directed by Peralta.
Poster of the movie "Lords of Dogtown"
In 2011, TransWorld Skateboarding magazine ranked Tony Alva 8th among the 30 most influential skateboarders of all time.